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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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Apr 29, 2008

liked it
Recommended for: totally out there sci fi and social commentary
Read in January, 1980

Ok, I am going to take flack for this I know. But I just think that Adams takes things to far (hows that for calling the kettle black?). In my book comedy often comes from taking a expected result and turning it into something ridiculous by following a logic that common sense would forbid. maybe he just does it too much. Maybe I just have too limited a concept of humor. maybe it just is so unrealistic that i don;t believe and threfore don't invest.

There are a lot of funny writers, and Adams does sometimes make me laugh out loud (hence the 3 stars), but I much prefer someone like Bill Bryson, who takes things just a little beyond what should happen or David Sedaris, who goes in directions you don't expect, but that , knowing him, just might happen.

OF course this started out as a British radio comedy, so that fact in itself could explain all sorts of things.

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